Late Night Thoughts: It’s time to press play.

Pause. A word I’ve become exceedingly familiar with over the past couple of weeks.

“Pause the movie, I’m going to fall asleep” has been a really familiar one, which I’m sure got slightly annoying for Evan while we were watching all the Harry Potter movies in order. I get tired at 10 p.m., okay?

Anyway, at this point it’s “pause your online shopping/Netflix watching/book reading life because reality awaits”.

Getting back into the swing of a new semester is never easy. It’s actually EXTREMELY DIFFICULT for me. I just really like sleep and that’s a problem.

However, this “pause” that I’ve had to put on my book reading life is something I’m fighting with all of my might. I’ve been trying to keep up nightly with After You (the sequel to Me Before You by JoJo Moyes), which I have to say is a lot better than I expected.

Similar to how starting a new semester is never easy, writing a sequel to a novel that has become a worldwide phenomenon, also not easy. I was hesitant to even start reading the sequel because no sequel can ever live up to the original. (I mean, have you SEEN Back to the Future Parts II and III?! Tragic, really.)

Moyes keeps surprising, so I’ll keep on reading.

Now on a more academic note…

I’m taking a class on the British Novel. It’s pretty spectacular thus far and it’s only been week one. Reading 150 pages over a weekend—not ideal, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

Side note: Total nerd alert but I wore my scarf with text from Wuthering Heights on it to class last week!!! I am so very thankful to have best friends around that understand my love of literature. Hence, I receive gifts like the Time Turner from Harry Potter and my initials carved from copies of Reader’s Digest.

Right now, we’re reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Holy wow. That man sure knew how to write. It’s no wonder he was a literary celebrity. If you took J.K. Rowling and combined her with Stephen King, Suzanne Collins, and every other fantastic author around right now—that would be Dickens in the 19th century (according to my professor).

I can’t even imagine what it must have been like reading his work while he was still alive and writing.

Well, I guess it’s probably time to get back to reality (a.k.a. homework) since I’ve probably been hitting pause for too long now.

I’m currently reading: After You by JoJo Moyes & Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.


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